Can You Make Money with Amazon?
For the month of September 2014, I am taking part in a 30 Day Blog Posting Challenge. I am using this opportunity to make money with Amazon by adding more articles to my affiliate blogs.
These blogs have been set so that when people Google a particular product and if find my site, they will hopefully click on one of the links in the posts. This will send them over to Amazon. If they purchase any product within 24 hours, I will earn a commisision from Amazon.
You can choose to buy a domain name for as little as $10 and start writing about anything you like. The alternative is to write for free sites like Hubpages and Infobarrel. This is what I did in the very beginning and I earned a nice chunk of change. However there is one huge downside to writing for a site that you do not own.
Reasons to Own Your Own Website
One of the negative aspects of using websites that you do not control, is that the company could decide to change the way they run their site.
This could have an adverse effect on the type of articles you have written. These websites could also choose to cancel your account without warning.
A couple of years ago Hubpages decided that you could no longer promote Clickbank products on their site. Quite a few people had built up a huge amount of articles based on that business model.
One day they were making bank and the next day, all their articles were frozen or they had to delete the links, making them worthless.
Recently Squidoo, another free site, was sold to Hubpages. Lots of people had built a business on the platform. Now that content could be worthless and they might lose everything.
Moral of The Story – Invest in your own domains.
The 3 Main Tools You Need to Make Money with Amazon
- An Amazon Affiliate Account
- Your Own Domain
- A Hosting Account
#1 – An Amazon Affiliate Account
To become an Amazon associate, just sign up to their website and you will be able to get your own affiliate link with which to promote Amazon products.
- Click Here To Sign Up With Amazon USA Affiliate Programme
- Click Here To Sign Up With Amazon UK Affiliate Programme
#2 – Your Own Domain
You have to decide whether you want to create a general website so that you can write about a wider range of things.
The answers to these questions will affect the type of name that you will choose for your website. If, for example you wanted to promote gardening products, you could choose to concentrate on a certain gardening tool and look for a website name like Small Gardening Forks.com. Or you could choose a more general name like Tools for The Garden.com.
The cost of a website name is about $5-10 per year.
#3 – A Hosting Account
There are lots of hosting companies to choose from, like Bluehost, which is what I use.
The cost will be around $5 per month.
Should You Concentrate On One Website or Many Websites?
Now you have to decide whether to create a bunch of mini websites or whether to put all your efforts into one website.
There are lots of courses that will teach you how to create these sorts of websites. They teach you all about keyword research, how to choose a website name, the best ways to write article reviews and how to improve your ranking potential in Google searches.
The best advice I can give you is to do some research into all the different methods available. Then see what will work for you. Again, you will find that people have had great success creating a series of small websites while others are making good money by concentrating on only one or two sites.
My Own Experience Making Money with My Own Websites
After creating lots of articles on the frees sites like Hubpages and Infobarrel, I decided to try my hand at creating niche websites. I was following a few bloggers who were having great success with this business model.
I enjoyed doing the keyword research and then putting these websites together. It was fun to see how quickly I could get everything together.
I ended up with around 70 niche websites promoting products like Disney Toddler Beds, Balance Bikes for Kids, Insulated Lunch Bags and lots more.
These sites were doing OK but the upkeep was a nightmare. All those WordPress udpates.
As soon as I got through updating them all, WordPress would come out with another update and I would have to go through the whole process again. 🙁
I think I hit my target of making $1,000 per month two or three times. Those were great Amazon cheques to receive. Then Google changed the way they rated and ranked websites and my little sites lost a lot of their rankings and most disappeared from the top 100 Google search list.
Where I am Now
I decided to get out of the niche website business and allowed the sites to expire. I had given up but the lure of creating websites lured me back. I now have 3 or 4 affiliate sites that I am working on.
This month each site will get a few new posts added. These posts will be written by me or they will be PLR articles that I purchased and have then edited to suit my style.
Making Money with Amazon is fun. It will not be a huge money maker for me because I know that I do not invest the time and energy needed in all the SEO and backlinking stuff. That is very boring. But I make enough for it to be worth my time and effort.
The sites make enough to cover their costs and I add new posts as and when I feel like it. This is like a hobby that makes me money. A win-win don’t you think? 🙂
Have Your Say: Are you making money with Amazon? Do you have lots of niche websites or are you concentrating on a just a couple? How is it going for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comment section below.